A thin plot doesn't hurt this film that features a lot of fairly good song and dance numbers, with the New Orleans Mardi Gras as a backdrop. Several cadets of the Virginia Military Institute conduct a raffle to win a date with the French movie star, Carere, who is queen of the Mardi Gras.
Boone meets Carere even before he knows who she is, and the two fall in love immediately. Studio publicity catches hold of the romance and blows it way out of proportion for commercial reasons, but the two eventually get away from it all and spend some serious time romancing. Performances are
adequate, with director Goulding nicely blending narrative, music, and New Orleans stock footage. Songs include: "That Man" (sung by Sheree North), "Bigger Than Texas," "I'll Remember Tonight," "Mardi Gras March," "Bourbon Street Blues," "Loyalty," "A Fiddle, a Rifle," and "Stonewall Jackson."
Newman received an Oscar nomination for his score.
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